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January 12, 2014 12:30 AM IST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 54800‎
 
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Arda Turan
Arda Turan
Atletico de Madrid
Arda Turan
Arda Turan
Atletico de Madrid
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David Villa
David Villa
Atletico de Madrid
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: Simeone's men hold La Liga champions

Nothing could separate the Primera Divison's top two in a hard-fought encounter, giving Real Madrid the opportunity to narrow the gap at the summit to three points on Sunday

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A goalless draw between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday breathed life back into Real Madrid's La Liga title bid.

The clash between the top two in the Spanish capital failed to live up to its heavyweight billing, and Real can now close to within three points of both sides if they win at Espanyol on Sunday.

A point apiece keeps Barcelona on top of the table, ahead of Atletico on goal difference after a match of few chances, with the best falling to Diego Costa.

The Atletico striker, who has scored 19 league goals this season, turned wide from close range after a corner made its way to the back post, while Lionel Messi had a series of half-chances for Barca after coming on as a half-time substitute.

And while neither side lost ground on each other, they will nervously watch Carlo Ancelotti's men on Sunday and hope for a surprise result.

Despite scoring twice on his return from a hamstring injury in Wednesday's Copa del Rey win over Getafe, Messi had to start from the bench, as did Neymar, while midfielder Raul Garcia dropped to Atletico's bench in spite of his 12th goal for the season during midweek.

The hosts made an excellent start, pressing Barcelona at every opportunity, and a delightful Arda Turan run, which saw him beat Jordi Alba and get to the byeline, led to his cross being inadvertently turned just over the crossbar by Gerard Pique in the fourth minute.

Diego Costa forced a flying save from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes less than 60 seconds later, but the game settled down after and chances were few and far between.

Pedro had Barca's first meaningful shot in the 18th minute, although Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois comfortably saved it, and a corner at the other end should have been forced in by Costa, after Koke's delivery was flicked on, but the striker shot wide under pressure at the far post.

Pedro and Pique failed to convert half-chances before the break, but the introduction of Messi at half-time, in place of Andres Iniesta, failed to spark the visitors.

Valdes made a stunning save to deny Koke from close range, but the goal would not have stood for offside, before Costa shot wide just before the hour-mark.

The impressive Turan sparked the counter-attack, winning the ball and releasing Costa, who missed the target with his left-foot effort from outside the area.

Messi nodded a good Fabregas ball wide in the 69th minute, while Turan volleyed straight at Valdes on the turn with 11 minutes left.

Again Messi was Barcelona's main threat, and his powerful effort was well-saved by Courtois shortly after, but in the end, both sides had to settle for a draw.



Atletico de Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Diego Godín
Defender
46′
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.00
20
Juanfran
Defender
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
3.50
5
Tiago
Midfielder
83′
3.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
2.50
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
4.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
44′
3.00
9
David Villa
Striker
77′
2.50
19
Diego Costa
Striker
3.00

Barcelona

3.00
1
3.50
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
57′
3.00
22
3.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
3.00
8
3.00
14
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
82′
2.50
9

Substitutes

1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
22
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
77′
 - 
11
 - 
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
 - 
24
José Sosa
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
15
Bartra
Defender
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
82′
2.50
10
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
67′

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0